The affordable-housing developers under investigation by a Miami federal grand jury for allegedly defrauding the U.S. government out of tax subsidies have contributed generously to politicians who in many cases had a say in funding the builders’ projects.
The bulk of the campaign contributions from the Carlisle Development Group, its senior executives and their myriad corporate entities, as well as a Fort Lauderdale building contractor, have gone to candidates in Miami-Dade County, where the developers have built many of their low-income rental apartments using public subsidies.
Carlisle, its executives Matthew Greer and Lloyd Boggio, their family members and other business associates, and builder Michael Runyan of BJ&K Construction Services, contributed more than $68,000 over the past decade to Miami-Dade candidates and their political committees, campaign-finance records show.
Most of those donations went to candidates for mayor and county commission. The administration recommends potential projects, which are ultimately approved by the board.
Greer is the son of Evelyn Greer, a former Miami-Dade School Board member and former Pinecrest mayor, and Bruce Greer, president of Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden’s board of trustees.